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Tarsar Marsar Trek

Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek

  • 7 Days
  • Group : 8-15 People
  • Guided Trek
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Start: Aru
  • Altitude
    Max Altitude: 4010 m

Tarsar Marsar Trek is a beautiful and mystical trek located in the heart of Kashmir. This trek takes you on an incredible journey through quaint villages, rolling green meadows, and towering mountain peaks. The trek starts from the village of Aru near Pahalgam and takes seven days to complete.

The Tarsar Marsar Trek is surrounded by the peaks of the Kolahoi Mountain, taking you to a height of 4,010 meters. The trek involves a beautiful journey to the twin alpine lakes of Tarsar and Marsar, situated at an altitude of 3,800 meters above sea level. These lakes are known for their crystal-clear waters that reflect the surrounding mountains and sky.

The trek offers breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, lush green meadows, and dense forests. You will encounter several streams and rivers along the way that add to the beauty of this trek. The trail passes through several small villages where you can interact with locals and learn about their culture.

The Tarsar Marsar Trek is not just about scenic beauty; it also offers a challenging terrain that requires physical fitness and endurance. The trail includes steep ascents and descents, rocky paths, and narrow ridges that require careful navigation.

Overall, Tarsar Marsar Trek is an unforgettable experience for adventure enthusiasts who seek to explore nature’s beauty while challenging themselves physically. It is a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and physical challenges, making it one of India’s most beautiful treks.

Departure & Return Location

Aru (Google Map)

Meeting Time

4 P.M

Price Includes

  • Activity: Trekking, Camping, etc
  • Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
  • Meals during Trek (Veg)
  • All season Camping tents on twin/triple sharing basis, Sleeping bags with adequate sub-zero temperature rating, comfortable mattress
  • Safety Equipment includes static rescue rope, seat harness, carabiners, pulleys, ice-axe, micro-spikes, slings
  • Forest Permits/Camping Charges/Permits, Trek Permit Fee/IMF Permission – up to the amount charged for Indian Nationals.
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid knowledge
  • Experienced Local guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common luggage
  • Exhaustive First Aid kit including portable oxygen cylinder, oximeter

Price Excludes

  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Meals during the road journey
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Mules or porter to carry personal luggage. (extra luggage, if any can be left at the base camp with the authorities)
  • Cost Escalation due to natural reasons
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list
What to Expect
  • Breathtaking SceneryThe Tarsar Marsar Trek takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in India. From quaint villages to rolling green mountains and alpine lakes, every step of this trek offers a new and breathtaking view.
  • Two Alpine LakesThe highlight of this trek is undoubtedly the two high altitude alpine lakes - Tarsar and Marsar. These crystal-clear lakes are situated at an altitude of 12,500 feet and offer stunning views that will take your breath away.
  • Moderate to Difficult TerrainThe terrain on this trek is moderate to difficult, which makes it perfect for those who love a challenge. You'll encounter steep ascents in the beginning till Lidderwat and then gradual ascent till Shekwas.
  • Camping under the StarsOne of the best things about this trek is camping under the stars at some of the most beautiful campsites in India. There's nothing quite like waking up to a stunning view of the mountains and lakes.
  • Local CultureAlong with natural beauty, this trek also offers an opportunity to experience local culture by visiting quaint villages like Aru and learning about their way of life.

Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek Itinerary

Day 1Srinagar to Aru (Drive, 102 Km)

To start the trek, you will need to reach the base village of the Tarsar Marsar trek i.e. Aru. It is a quaint little village 12 Km from Pahalgam. If you’re coming from Srinagar, you can take a shared taxi to Pahalgam (90 Km from Srinagar), and then take another shared vehicle to reach Aru (12 Km from Pahalgam)

If you’re booking transportation with us, your vehicle will pick you up at Srinagar airport. It will take you around 3 hours to reach Aru. After that, you can explore the place at your pleasure. 

We will be camping in Aru. Rest and dream about the amazing and beautiful days to come. 

Day 2Aru to Lidderwat (8.6 Km / 5 hours)

We will be starting our trek today. But not before we have a delicious breakfast, and a warm-up session to get you going. We will be trekking upstream today alongside the Lidder river. Before going into the thick fir and pine forest and leaving Aru behind you, you can see the beauty of the entire Aru valley-a picturesque hamlet of lush meadows filled with flowers and pine trees.

The trail opens into a clearing towards Gujjar huts near Dalla. The shepherds and the agrarian Gujjar community migrate seasonally to these Gujjar huts in the Nandkei village. The trail after Dalla is gentle and the forest is gradually thinning as you move forward and finally opens into grasslands. In this village ecosystem, we can spot Gujjars on horsebacks and shepherds crossing the meadow.

We will pass through the picturesque setting with the fluffy clouds above and be surrounded by the alpine flora and by-passing the village as we gradually move uphill. 

After an hour from the village, the trail crosses two clear valley streams which you need to cross over a wooden log bridge. The water from the stream is safe to drink and you can fill your bottles. You can rest near the stream and have your lunch listening to the sound of the river. 

From this rest point near the stream, the Lidderwat campsite is another hour trek. The trail to Lidderwat takes you through the fir trees and opens into the meadows of Lidderwat. 

Day 3Lidderwat to Shekwas ( 6 Km / 5 Hours)

The trail to the Tarsar Marsar Lake continues to the valley towards the left. After breakfast, we will trek steeply up the slope and start traversing into the valley. We will be walking alongside a water stream that feeds the Lidder River.

Take a break and have your lunch alongside the stream. From the lunch point, the Shekwas campsite is a gradual 1-hour trek ahead. You will be surrounded by beautiful mountains around you.

Once you reach your campsite, have hot tea and snacks. We’ll be trekking to Jadar Lake in the evening. Jadar is a small yet amazingly beautiful lake amidst the mountains. It gives you a teaser of the Tarsar Marsar Lakes.

We’ll be spending the night at the Shekwas campsite. Have your dinner and rest.

Day 4 Shekwas to Tarsar Lake (4 Km / 4 Hours)

We will be trekking to Tarsar Lake today. We will start ascending from the Shekwas campsite. The snow-clad mountains will slowly start to reveal themselves as you move higher up and towards the Tarsar lake.

We will be trekking for almost 2 hours before the lake reveals itself. Tarsar Lake is nestled between the high and mighty mountains on three sides. It is fed by the glaciers and snow from these massive mountains. You will notice that the lake looks different depending on the season, time of the day, and the weather. But one thing is constant – it is always beautiful.

We will be spending the night near Tarsar Lake.

Day 5Tarsar to Sundarsar Lake via Sonamous Pass (6 Km / 6 Hours)

Today is a pass-crossing day, which lies on the ridge towards the right of the Tarsar Lake. From the campsite, it will take us around 1 hour to reach the top of the ridge. You get amazing views from the top of the pass of Tarsar Lake as well as of the valley on the other side.

Spend some time at the top of the pass, and take a break. After that, start descending to the other side. When you decide, you get the views of the entire valley on your feet. It is an amazing sight, to say the least.

Once we descend down to the base of the pass on the other side, you start ascending alongside a stream coming out of the Sundarsar Lake.

We will be camping next to Sundarsar Lake. The most amazing thing is camping just next to the lake. You don’t even get the chance to camp beside the lakes in Kashmir Great Lakes Trek. So, that is something to look forward to. Imagine waking up in the morning, and being greeted by such amazing sights.

Day 6 Trek to Marsar Lake (3 Km / 2 Hour), and trek to Homwas (9 Km / 6 Hours)

We will be walking around Sundarsar Lake and towards Marsar Lake. We’ll be trekking to a ridge on top of Sundarsar Lake from where you get the best views of Marsar Lake. The lake is almost always covered under notorious clouds, so consider yourself to be pretty lucky if you get clear views.

After spending some time at the Marsar viewpoint, we’ll start trekking back towards the Sundarsar campsite. Start your trek towards the Homwas campsite.

We’ll be spending the night at the Homwas campsite.

Day 7Homwas to Aru (13 Km / 6 Hours)

Today is the last day of the Tarsar Marsar Trek. We’ll be leaving the Homwas campsite and start our trek towards Aru. We’ll be passing the Lidderwat campsite on the way and continue to retrace our steps back to Aru. We will be starting our trek early in the morning so expect to reach Aru by early afternoon. 

Once you reach Aru, say goodbye to your staff and trek leader because you’ll be parting ways here. If you opt for transportation with us, the vehicles will pick you up at Aru, and you can expect to reach Srinagar by 7 pm. 

Tarsar Marsar Weather & Temperature

The Tarsar Marsar weather and temperature are a unique combination of hot and cold climates. Located in the Jammu and Kashmir region of India, the area experiences various temperatures throughout the year. During the summer months, temperatures can reach up to 30°C (86°F), while during autumn, they can drop to -5°C (23°F). The area also experiences monsoon rains from July to August, bringing cooler temperatures and more precipitation.

The best time to visit Tarsar Marsar is between July and August when the weather is best for a Kashmir trek. During this time, daytime temperatures range from 15-18 degrees Celsius (59-64 Fahrenheit), but you should always be prepared for some rain. This makes it ideal for trekking and exploring the area’s beautiful landscapes.

In September, however, the weather becomes drier and colder, with temperatures dropping to around -5°C (23°F). This makes it difficult for trekkers who are not used to cold weather conditions. It is essential to be prepared for these conditions by wearing warm clothing such as hats, gloves, scarves, and thick jackets.

When planning a trip to Tarsar Marsar, it is essential to keep an eye on the weather forecast, as sudden temperature changes can occur due to western disturbances that bring heavy rain or snowfall. It is also essential to be aware of potential hazards that may occur due to extreme weather conditions, such as landslides or avalanches.

Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek Map

Tarsar Marsar Lake Trek Photos
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How difficult is the Tarsar Marsar Trek?

The Tarsar Marsar Trek is a moderate to difficult level trek in Kashmir. The trek takes you through stunning alpine meadows, high-altitude lakes, and snow-capped peaks, and covers a distance of around 30-35 km. The highest point of the trek reaches an altitude of 4,010 meters. The trail involves a combination of steep ascents and descents, rocky terrain, and narrow paths, which can be challenging for inexperienced trekkers. However, with adequate preparation and physical fitness, the trek can be completed by most moderately fit individuals.

What are the requirements for participation?

To participate in the Tarsar Marsar Trek, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Age Limit: Participants must be at least 7 years old and not older than 60 years old. If you’re 60+ age, please get in touch.
  • Physical Fitness: Participants must be physically fit and capable of walking for 4-6 hours a day on steep and rocky terrain.
  • Experience: While prior trekking experience is not mandatory, it is recommended that participants have some experience in trekking or hiking.
  • Health: Participants must be in good health to participate in the trek. People with asthma, high blood pressure, or any other medical condition are advised to consult with their doctor before signing up for the trek.
  • Gear: Participants must have essential gear such as trekking shoes, trekking pants, warm layers, and raincoats, among others. A detailed checklist will be provided by us when you book the trek.

It is highly recommended that interested participants undergo a medical examination before embarking on the trek to ensure they are physically fit to undertake the journey.

What kind of food will be available on this trek?

On the Tarsar Marsar Trek, you can expect to enjoy delicious and healthy meals prepared by experienced cooks. Breakfast typically includes items such as bread toast, poha, upma, besan chilla, aloo paratha, pancakes, etc. Lunch usually consists of pulao, fried rice, rajma (kidney beans), kofta (vegetable balls), kadhi (yogurt-based dish), salad, and pickles. Snacks like pakora (fritters), pasta, and popcorn are also served in the evening along with tea or coffee.

In addition to these meals, it’s also a good idea to carry plenty of chocolates, dry fruits, biscuits, and other snacks for energy while trekking. Dried fruits, seeds, and nuts are great for instant energy boosts while dates and sesame seed-based food are ideal for colder temperatures. 

If you have any specific dietary requirements, you can get in touch with us and we’ll do our best to accommodate them.

What kind of accommodation will I get on Tarsar Marsar Trek?

During the Tarsar Marsar Trek, participants stay in tents that are pitched at designated campsites along the trail. The tents are usually shared by two/three people and are equipped with sleeping bags and sleeping mats. The campsites are usually located in scenic locations with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.

There are no permanent settlements along the trekking route, so participants must rely on the camping gear provided by the Advenchar The campsites also have separate toilet tents, which are basic toilet,s and a dining and kitchen tent

Are there any medical facilities available on this trek?

There are no medical facilities available on the Tarsar Marsar Trek. The trek takes you through remote wilderness areas, so it is important to carry a first aid kit and any necessary medication with you. 

Advenchar’s trek leaders are wildness first-aid course certified. They are equipped with a first-aid kit along with an oxygen cylinder at campsites. You can be sure that you’re in safe hands on the trek.

However, if you have any ongoing medications or pre-existing conditions, it’s important to carry the medications and to communicate the same with the trek leader before starting the trek. 

In case of a medical emergency, Advenchar will provide emergency evacuation services to the nearest medical facility.

What kind of clothing should I bring for this trek?

Here is a general checklist of clothing items to bring for the Tarsar Marsar Trek:

  • Good quality trekking shoes with ankle support
  • 2 pairs of comfortable trekking pants
  • 2-3 moisture-wicking T-shirts
  • Warm layers such as a fleece jacket or woolen sweater
  • Windproof, waterproof jacket, and pants
  • Thick socks for warmth and to prevent blisters
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF
  • Quick-drying towel
  • Personal toiletries

It is important to choose clothing made of breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics to stay comfortable during the trek. Additionally, a waterproof bag for storing clothes and other personal items will come in handy during the rainy season. Advenchar will provide a detailed checklist of items to pack before the trek.

How to prepare for Tarsar Marsar Trek?

Here are some tips to help you prepare for the Tarsar Marsar Trek:

1. Physical Fitness: The Tarsar Marsar Trek is a moderate to difficult level trek that requires a good level of physical fitness. It is recommended to start a moderate exercise routine at least 2-3 months before the trek to prepare your body for the physical demands of the trek. Cardiovascular exercises such as jogging, cycling, or swimming, as well as strength training, are highly recommended.

2. Trekking Shoes & Clothing: Invest in a good quality pair of trekking shoes that have good ankle support. Break in your shoes before the trek to prevent blisters and discomfort. In addition to the clothing items mentioned earlier, pack clothing that is lightweight, comfortable, and appropriate for trekking.

3. Altitude Sickness: The Tarsar Marsar Trek takes you to high altitudes. Altitude sickness is a common problem faced by many trekkers. Start taking proper precautions to acclimate to high altitudes at least a week before the trek. Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and cigarettes. It is important to trek at a steady pace, take frequent breaks, and let your body adapt to the altitude.

4. Diet & Hydration: Maintain a healthy and balanced diet that includes carbohydrates and proteins. It is recommended to carry high-energy snacks such as chocolate bars, nuts, and energy bars to keep you going during the trek. Stay hydrated and carry plenty of water. Drinking boiled or filtered water is recommended.

5. Mental Preparation: Trekking requires mental fortitude and determination. Prepare yourself mentally for the trek by reading up on the trail, the physical demands of the trek, and the challenges you may face along the way. Positive thinking and a never-give-up attitude will help you overcome any obstacle during the trek.

Advenchar will provide additional information and a detailed checklist of items to pack, training tips, and other important information to make sure you are ready for this adventure of a lifetime!

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Rishi Raghav
August 10, 2023.
We were a group of 9 to trek to the Kashmir Great Lakes with Advenchar in the first week of August, 2023. Swena was kind enough to accommodate us at the last minute since our trek to Tarsar Marsar was cancelled at the last minute with another company. Being a small group, we were able to start early in the morning, cover the hard sections before the sun came up & reach the campsite well before the evening rains. We were guided by Neil from Advenchar through the trek who is as well versed with the mountains as one can possibly get. The local Kashmiri team fed us to our hearts content. Bajjis, gulab jamoons, soup, kawa, sooji ka halwa was what I relished the most during the evening snacks. Mountain stories from Neil, crystal clear weather during the trek, the camaraderie among the co-trekkers & the ever helpful team made the pretty pretty KGL trek all the more memorable. Only disappointment was the trash at Vishnusar & Ganagabal campsites. Wished we had camped further away at these 2 sites. But the remaining 4 campsites were clean & beautiful. I would definitely do my next trek with Advenchar! Thank you for such a wonderful & beautiful experience!
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Sheryl -
August 6, 2023.
It is my first time trekking in India & I chose Advenchar for their positive reviews & small batch sizes. The team also patiently answered the many, many questions I had & were always available. True enough, I had a great & smooth experience with the KGL trek. The guides & helpers were experienced, knowledgeable & helpful. The trek timings were well planned; we often set off earlier & managed to avoid the rain. The food was delicious, varied & planned according to the trek. The tents were of high quality, withstanding the evening rain. Overall, I would recommend Advenchar, a huge thanks to them for everything. 🙂
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karthik b
August 5, 2023.
This is my 1st trek with Advenchar. I really enjoyed the KGL Trek . Team Advenchar is focused on their small groups to deliver good experience for the trek enthusiasts. Kudos to team Advenchar.
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KIran SHarma
August 5, 2023.
Like always Advenchar is the best. Srinagar to Srinagar it was a great experience to be a part of KGL trek. Hospitality is up to the mark. Overall we had a great time. Looking forward for more treks with Advenchar. Thank you for this memorable trek team Advenchar 😍.
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Sukriti Dilwaria
June 7, 2023.
It was my first trek, and I have to say, it was one of the best experiences I've ever had. The team was extremely professional and particular in their conduct and the trek was properly organised and executed.
Husain Nasir
Husain Nasir
June 7, 2023.
The staff is amazing right from the owner to the cook and other helpers. Would highly advise to let the client have an option of changing their trek in case the intended trekking destination is experiencing harsh weather.
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